The Ministry of Transport does not give up hope to launch the Tel Aviv metro in November

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 The Ministry of Transport does not lose hope of launching the Tel Aviv metro in November

Two weeks ago, officials from the Ministry of Transportation conducted a trial run of the Red Metro Line in the center of Tel Aviv, which, after the rescheduling, should start operating at the end of November. On a trip to the Director General of the Ministry of Transportation Michal Frank and her senior deputies were joined by the board of directors of the NTA – Metropolitan Mass Transit System, led by the chairman of Adv.

As the train was moving underground at a speed of 80 kilometers per hour, it suddenly braked due to a malfunction in the system signaling that directs trains and maintains a safe distance between them.

Many problems and problems threaten the timely start of the line, but the NTA is confident that this is still possible, and insists that the Red Line is fully operational on the promised date. The project should be ready for testing by the company, which will operate the line in about a half month, and one of the main problems now is a faulty alarm system.

The advanced system that was installed and needed for the operation of light rail is designed to provide a high level of safety, so any malfunction causes an immediate shutdown, as high-ranking officials of the Ministry of Transport have seen for themselves. True, this is a period of break-in and testing, so malfunctions are certainly , a routine matter.

The NTA is trying to stick to the schedule at all costs. For example, until a few months ago, the main obstacle to the timely opening was the completion of the stations. Therefore, at some point they considered the possibility of starting a train from Bat Yam, but only to the Elifelet station next to the Tel railway park. Aviva and the Tahana complex, where the train goes underground. Another option that was considered was to open the entire line, but skip stations that were not ready. After that, other and more serious problems were discovered, such as malfunctions in the signaling system.

Another issue that could cause delays is the pace of hiring and training of drivers – currently only about 50 drivers out of 120 needed are hired. many other questions — from the completion of finishing works at stations and the handling of equipment that washes trains, to problems at depots and repair facilities.

All problems must be fixed 45 days before the line opens. The promise is that eventually the train will run every 3.5 minutes during peak hours, but during the break-in period, which will last for months and possibly even years, travel will be slower and not all stations may be open on time.< br />

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